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Leapbeer Reviews #332-334 Stock Ale, IPA and Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Company

On day 2 of my trip to Portland I stopped by the Burnside Brewing Company, they had nine different beers available. I did tasters of the ones they didn’t have in bottles and grabbed bottles of the others. This is a review of three of those bottles, The Stock Ale, Burnside IPA and Sweet Heat.

First up is the Stock Ale. It is an ESB or extra special bitter style of beer. It pours to a cloudy reddish amber with a white head on top. The aroma from this beer is really bready. I get mild hops on the nose along with big malts. It tastes very smooth. Supple malts followed by a lingering bitter note. The beer isn’t overly carbonated either, making it easier to savor in your mouth. Their stock ale is very easy drinking. One of my favorites from Burnside.

Leapbeer #332 is Stock ale

Stock Ale by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Stock Ale by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Brewery: Burnside Brewing Company, Portland Oregon
Size/ABV/IBU: 650ml Bottle/5.8% ABV/51 IBUs
Purchased @: At the Brewery during my Leapbeer Portland Trip
Website:
http://burnsidebrewco.com/Brews.php?Group=House%20Beers
Other Reviews:
Rate Beer, Beer Advocate

Second up is the Burnside IPA. This is their flagship brand for their new brewing system. It is a orange coloured IPA with a thin head on top. It smells hoppy and delicious, but this isn’t your Hopmonsterous PNW IPA. It has a sweet and bitter balance to it as well. In all of the herbaceous nature of this beer I’m even picking up a hint of mint flavour to it.

Leapbeer #333 is Burnside IPA

 

Burnside India Pale Ale by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Burnside India Pale Ale by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Brewery: Burnside Brewing Company, Portland Oregon
Size/ABV/IBU: 650ml Bottle/6.6% ABV/84 IBUs
Purchased @: At the Brewery during my Leapbeer Portland Trip
Website:
http://burnsidebrewco.com/Brews.php?Group=House%20Beers
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beer Advocate

 

Sweet Heat is the last of the Burnside beers for this post. It is my first foray into hot pepper infused beer (and yes there are many more out there) This is a Wheat Ale infused with 200 pounds of Apricot puree and then dry hopped with Scotch Bonnet peppers (aka Habanero peppers). It smells very sweet, almost ciderish. But along with the sweet you get a hit of the capsaicin in the aroma as well (think frying hot peppers). When you taste this beer you get why they named it Sweet Heat. It starts off sweet and then a latent spice from the peppers kicks in. It isn’t overpowering, at first, but as you drink more and more of it you really get a building of the burn in your mouth. They also make an imperial version of this beer, called International Incident, but I passed on buying a bottle of it when I was there. Don’t call me a cheapskate, it cost more than my entire tab when I visited the brewery.

 Leapbeer #334 is Sweet Heat

 

Sweet Heat Wheat Ale with Apricots and Habanero Peppers by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Sweet Heat Wheat Ale with Apricots and Habanero Peppers by Burnside Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

Brewery: Burnside Brewing Company, Portland Oregon
Size/ABV/IBU: 650ml Bottle/4.9% ABV/9 IBUs
Purchased @: At the Brewery during my Leapbeer Portland Trip
Website:
http://burnsidebrewco.com/Brews.php?Group=House%20Beers
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beer Advocate

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